Matt Ryan becomes first Falcons player to win NFL MVP award

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06 February, 2017

Those MVPs that won the Super Bowl were also playing on the best team. And his big brother Peyton. But is it wise to bet against Tom Brady? Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (2 votes) and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (1 vote) rounded out the ballotts.

Some to congratulate (Brady).

They could not have done so without the elite play of their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, who made everything click.

One of the rare ones who did is keeping a skeptical eye on Ryan. He's been their starting quarterback in every game but two since that moment.

Although that may not be the precise driving force behind Ryan come game time. "Obviously, Matt has done an excellent job". But when you're in the thick of it, that's not something you think about.

Through two games, he has completed 70.7 percent of his passes (53-for-75) for 730 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception for a near-perfect 132.6 quarterback rating. In the four prior seasons he was good for an average of an interception a game. Ryan, on the other hand, is trying to claim a stake as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

"He was not that good", Ryan cracked at the team's facility. Most passing yards (4,944).

Ryan is in the Super Bowl. You know what team has an MVP candidate and ranks in the top 5 of both offense and defense?

"Matt has put the work in". "A lot of that is coming out of a year ago". He attacked this year as hard as I've ever seen anyone attack a year. "I was young, but I've gotten a lot better since then". Matt Ryan is without a doubt this years MVP. A result: He never has been more accurate with the long throw.

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"He was able to orchestrate Kyle Shanahan's vision for the offense and became the leader",'s Willie McGinest wrote.

Said Shanahan with a smile, "It pumped everyone up".

Others will even say that it's the pieces that revolve around Ryan that have improved this year, not him.

"When Matt was being interviewed this week, somebody asked him, 'What do you think about Tom Brady, his age, being 39 and will be 40 in August?' and Matt said, 'I'd like to play as long as Tom, ' " Blank said, via "He's moving fast, he's just not covering ground". Watt, who missed most of the season because of injury, was a presenter for the award. The offshoot: A brotherhood was born. It would have been harder to get here if we didn't go through that a year ago together. That has been a dominant theme to a singular season. I'm not taking anything away from any of their spectacular seasons, but none of them have been the MVP.

Great quarterbacks don't wallow in their worst moments. He threw for no touchdowns and an interception as not-MVP Manning won his final Super Bowl. The Cardinals just didn't win enough games.

"Quite simply this is the most meaningful honor an National Football League player can receive, and I am flattered beyond words that the selection committee deemed me worthy of it", Fitzgerald said.

Now, Ryan hopes to win the trophy he really wants, the Lombardi Trophy. This is an incredible honor for me.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said during Super Bowl week that he anticipates contract talks "will be on our radar sometime in the near future" and owner Arthur Blank said Friday that Ryan "needs to be compensated well and he will be".

More immediate is Sunday's task.

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